Not fab in Philly
As for the Eagles, we don’t want to be too knee-jerk but they have some issues.
The vaunted changes to their offensive line are not turning up golden — Shawn Andrews is gone for the year, Stacey Andrews allegedly socked his wife this week and Jason Peters left the game in the first quarter with an injured knee. Meanwhile, Michael Vick continues to be a non-factor and the suspicion that he was waaaayyy more trouble than he was worth in terms of focus continues. He carried once for a loss of 4 yards.
Bad move, big guy
The Giants’ karma went bad in New Orleans right about the time Brandon Jacobs broke off a long run, ran out of bounds then yakked in the face of a Saints cheerleader.
Almost time to turn to Vince
Expect to Vince Young sooner rather than later. Speaking before the Titans-Patriots game, Titans GM Mike Reinfeldt acknowledged that the $4 million roster bonus Young is set to receive next March means they have to “do something” with Young.
The “something” could be appealing to Young to restructure his deal (probably unlikely) or deciding to part ways with him. Before Tennessee does that, though, it wants to be sure with Young. Even though he’s been practicing much better than he was in 2008 when he melted down, he still hasn’t been tearing it up during the week.
But at this point, the Titans know that Young is a player who’s much more effective in games than he tends to be in practice. And they want to have as much fresh information on Young as they can before deciding to pay him that roster bonus and the $6 million salary they’ll owe him in 2008. Tennessee has a bye next week. The information Young provided in the second half of the Titans loss — 0 for 2 with a pick — wasn’t a real good look.
Throw back the throwback jerseys
OK, enough with the throwbacks. In three out of six games the Patriots have worn their throwbacks. The novelty has burned off.
That's why they pay him the big bucks
Apparently, this passes for climbing out on a limb. In comments distributed by CBS’ PR department, Dan Marino, said of the Indianapolis Colts, “They have a chance to win every game because of Peyton Manning.” Bold.
How much does Mark Clayton regret that drop on fourth down against the Patriots in Week 4? Catch that, the Ravens were lining up with a chance to knock off the Pats. Instead, he drops it, Baltimore loses that game, last week’s to the Bengals and then today’s to the Vikings. So from 3-0 to 3-3 and reeling.
Best. Balance. In. Football.
Ravens running back Ray Rice is authentic. He's averaging 6.04 yards per carry this year on 73 attempts.
Bengals brought back down to earth
This week’s award for crumbling hopes and dreams goes to the Bengals. They were beyond flat in losing to the Texans at home. And in the process they lost defensive end Antwan Odom to an Achilles’ injury. The lockdown start to the season that Cincy’s corners had against an array of solid wideouts came crashing down.
The worst is ... Washington?
The Redskins have now provided the Lions, Panthers and Chiefs with their first wins. And their margin of victory over the still-winless Rams and Bucs was a total of five points (9-7 vs. St. Louis and 16-13 vs. Tampa). That’ll get the locks changed on ya.
ProFootballTalk: Patriots QB Tom Brady addressed Wes Welker’s decision to head West to Denver. Brady says he isn’t surprised by anything after being in the league for so long and hopes that Welker has a great season with the Broncos.
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